The Art of Shaving with a Straight Razor

July 11, 2023

The art of shaving has been around since ancient times, and a straight razor is one of the oldest barbering tools used to provide a clean shave. To this day, barbers use this method as it creates the closest, most precise shave possible.

But what is a straight razor, and how is it used? Let’s take a look at the basics.

What Is A Straight Razor?
A straight razor is a blade that folds into its handle and has a sharp edge on one side to cut hair. The blade can be made of either stainless steel or carbon steel and usually comes with an oval-shaped end cap. The handle is usually made from wood or plastic and may have decorative features such as engraving or inlays.
Preparing for the Shave
Before using a straight razor, it’s important to prepare your work area by setting up everything you need in advance. This includes all the necessary shaving items such as pre-shave oil, shaving cream, aftershave balm, towels, etc., all within arm’s reach of your workspace. You’ll also need to make sure that the blade is sharpened beforehand; otherwise, you won’t get the desired result from your shave.
Shaving With A Straight Razor
Once everything is ready to go, start by applying pre-shave oil to soften the skin and facial hair before beginning your shave. Next apply a thin layer of shaving cream over the area you plan to shave and massage it into your skin with circular motions using your fingertips. Finally, begin your shave by gliding the straight razor over your skin in short strokes in the same direction as hair growth while holding it at an angle of 30°–45° against your skin. Continue until you have finished shaving each desired area before rinsing off any remaining cream or hairs with warm water followed by cold water to close pores and reduce irritation. Lastly, apply some aftershave balm for added protection and hydration!
The art of shaving with a straight razor takes practice but can result in a very smooth finish if done correctly! It requires patience and skill but once perfected can be used for years without needing replacements like other razors do. Before attempting to use one yourself always make sure that you are prepared with all necessary supplies beforehand and that you understand how to properly handle and maintain the tool itself so that you can get the best results possible every time!